by Eileen Weber
But Halloween also starts the sweet treat feeding frenzy that the holidays bring every year. Gobs of candy in pumpkin-sized buckets that kids plow through in less than a week. One organization is looking to fight that by offering healthier alternatives.
Green Halloween, a non-profit organization based in Seattle with a local branch in Canton, Conn., seeks to promote healthy families and, subsequently, healthy communities by preventing childhood obesity.
But what’s one day out of the year? Why not live a little? “The problem is it's not just one day,” said Corey Colwell-Lipson, founder of the Seattle-based company. According to a press release on their web site earlier this month, Colwell-Lipson said it wouldn’t be so bad if it were just one day out of the year. But, it’s all the special occasions we celebrate in which our choices make a difference.
“In reality, we are constantly celebrating,” she said. “Whether it's the biggies like Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving or the myriad individual celebrations that clog our calendars—birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby showers, office parties, family reunions, religious and ethnic holidays…We're not asking people to give up the fun of celebrating, only to consider the impact our traditional approaches might have and consider the alternatives.”
- Rice Krispies Treats
- Popcorn balls
- Jelly Beans
Keepsakes and Playthings:
- Halloween-themed pencils and erasers
- Play dough
- Polished rocks or seashells
Organic fair-trade chocolate:
Here are some tips for making your Halloween a little more eco-friendly:
- Walk instead of drive. If you must drive, find a good neighborhood and park nearby.
- Instead of plastic bags or the plastic molded bucket, take reusable bags with you. And of course, don’t forget the trusty old pillowcase. In fact, take an extra one with you for excess litter.
- Make your own costume instead of buying one with a plastic mask.
- Instead of trick-or-treating, have a party. You can determine the kind of snacks you wish to offer your guests and leave the candy to somebody else.
- If you decide to have a party, use reusable plates, napkins and utensils instead of disposable plastic ones. Or, use the supplies that are biodegradable or compostable.
- Compost your jack-o’-lantern. What came from the earth should go back to it.